Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
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bobcats seem to know their size limit and coyotes are opportunists. Bobcats around here will run from a large dog if they can, I believe they understand the risk of injury isn't worth it. We had several generations of kelpies, coyotes are smart but kelpies are smarter.:) Most dogs can't outsmart them. Coyotes would concern me w/o a "pasture guard" of some sort. I see visions of Fly with large thermoses of coffee, a little tent and a rifle. Kidding.
If you feel putting her up is best, you have to believe your "gut feeling". Cattle you can walk up to and pet don't undergo as much stress as range cattle when loaded and then put in a fenced area. It is hard to say to what degree a move will stress her - but it sounds as if most of the stress will be limited to the move itself - not a significant change in environment?
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.